Thursday marked the first of several waves of evictions planned for this spring and summer, as the state winds down pandemic-era programs that have sheltered an estimated 80% of Vermont’s unhoused population in motels.
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Phil Scott signs retirement savings bill, vetoes 2 others
A bill that would have restricted law enforcement’s use of certain interrogation tactics against children in custody was one of the latest to get a veto.
‘They were bad choices’: Balint votes reluctant yes on debt ceiling
A deal struck between President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy raised the nation’s borrowing limit, allowing it to pay its bills and avoid an economically catastrophic default — but also includes a laundry list of GOP policy demands.
Phil Scott allows gun control bill to go into law without his signature
“(K)nowing that my constitutional concerns will be addressed through the legal process, I will allow H.230 to become law without my signature, and await the judicial branch to decide the fate of waiting periods,” the Republican governor said Thursday.
Judge denies effort to delay evictions from motel program
Depending on their eligibility criteria, about 2,800 are due to lose their shelter in several waves over the spring and summer — starting today.
Vermont Legal Aid sues state to halt evictions from motel program
Vermont Superior Court Judge Timothy Tomasi scheduled an expedited hearing for 8:30 a.m. Thursday — the same day the first 800 people are scheduled to be booted from the program.
Newly signed law seeks more transparency, accountability in Vermont sheriffs’ departments
The measure is lawmakers’ attempt to reform the centuries-old office of county sheriff, from which multiple scandals emerged over the past year.
Phil Scott vetoes bill that would double lawmaker pay by 2027
The governor said it seemed unfair “for legislators to insulate themselves from the very costs they are imposing on their constituents by doubling their own future pay.”
State auditor finds delays and cost overruns in information technology projects
State Auditor Doug Hoffer has recommended that the Agency of Digital Services take a more active role in evaluating projects’ value.
Charlotte selectboard questions petition for manager
“What made the petition feel aggressive is because it doesn’t acknowledge the time constraints that we’re under to replace this position,” one selectboard member said.